There’s some new numbers coming from Statistics Canada about the number of aboriginal people with high school degrees.

The survey found that 72% of First Nations people living off reserve had a high school diploma or equivalent in 2012.

That compares to 77% of Metis.

The survey also found some common characteristics in the students that had successfully completed their high schooling.

More often than not they reported feeling safe and happy at school, were involved in extracurricular activities, read books and had a parent who was involved in their education.

The survey also found that some of the grads were returning students who had come back after realizing the value of an education.

It observed that many drop-outs said they were more determined to get their grade 12, than when they were in school in the first place.

The reasons for dropping out included pregnancy or child-care challenges, wanting to work, and money problems.